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27th January 2022

Inside the London Charterhouse in the late Middle Ages

In the year that we are raising money to preserve our monastic buildings, we are pleased to announce that Professor Julian Luxford is giving our March online lecture, when he will be sharing his research about the buildings of the original London Charterhouse around 1500, illustrated with contemporary records – before it was repurposed as a Tudor mansion, and then a school and almshouse.  Join Professor Luxford as he evokes the historically defining aspects of a site which, in spite of the worst efforts of Henry VIII (and the Second World War), has never stopped echoing its monasticism.

Julian Luxford is Professor of Art History at the University of St Andrews, where he has worked since 2004. One of his main scholarly interests is the medieval art and architecture of the Carthusian order, and he has published essays on some of the sculptural fragments in the Charterhouse’s museum and contributed to Revealing the Charterhouse, published in 2016. Book your place at the lecture here (with a donation if you can – very much appreciated). To find out more about our Charterhouse650 appeal click here.

18th March 2021

Cromwell, Bowes, the Goldsmiths and the Mint: recorded lecture

During the reign of Henry VIII a special three-way relationship existed between the royal jewel house, the mint and the Goldsmiths’ Company: the jewel house and the mint were both at the Tower of London. The jewel house was the repository of huge quantities of surplus royal plate and in times of need quantities of old plate would be trundled across the courtyard to the mint to be recycled into gold or silver coins. Each year the Goldsmiths’ Company was charged with checking (as it still is) that the newly minted coinage was of the correct alloy. Join author and expert in gold and silver Timothy Schroder as he takes a close look at the workings of this relationship and at the individuals who operated it: Thomas Cromwell, master of the jewel house and Martin Bowes, who was both master of the mint and an influential member of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Timothy Schroder is author of ‘A Marvel to Behold’, Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII (Boydell, 2020) and past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company.

Access your link to the lecture here (& a donation would be most welcome).

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